Solskjaer backs De Gea after Manchester United’s Champions League hopes hit

Solskjaer backs De Gea after Manchester United’s Champions League hopes hit

Solskjaer backs De Gea after Manchester United’s Champions League hopes hit

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted he had no regrets over his decision to keep faith with David de Gea after another costly error from the Spaniard helped Chelsea claim a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Spanish goalie has been making uncharacteristic blunders in front of the net, the latest of which saw Chelsea manage to extract one point from the Sunday match against United.

The Blues had the chance to move into the ascendency in the battle for a Champions League place when they faced Man United with Tottenham and Arsenal both suffering surprise defeats.

However, United's current malaise is personified by a dramatic dip in form for goalkeeper David de Gea, who has so often been his side's saviour in recent seasons.

"I don't think we should discredit him suddenly and say he's a bad goalkeeper".

The Norwegian also added that the goalkeeper can not take the blame for the team's struggles and that he has no intention of dropping him for the final two games of the season.

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In years gone back, if you'd told a Chelsea fan that they had to beat Watford at home and Leicester on the road to guarantee themselves Champions League football, they'd likely tell you it was as good as done.

The Europa League is a very important trophy for us to win as well, as we have been working hard for this since September. He is the best player we have had for the last six or seven years.

De Gea failed to record a shut-out in 11 straight games in the 2012-13 season shortly after being deposed as Sir Alex Ferguson's first-choice by Anders Lindegaard. He's saved us so many times this season.

After conceding nine goals in their last three matches against Barcelona, Everton and Manchester City, United will need to improve dramatically if they are to make the most of their rivals' slip-ups. "We support each other", the manager said after the draw with Chelsea.

United's hopes of a top-four Premier League finish are out of their hands following the result though Solskjaer, who publicly backed De Gea before this weekend, was loathe to place too much blame on his number one.

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